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A Lot of Rocket Metaphors

This summer we devoured two novels by Mary Robinette Kowal, “The Calculating Stars” and “The Fated Sky.” They’re both exciting tales of space exploration, with well-rounded characters having to navigate challenges both external and internal, cultural and scientific, personal and global. They’re set in an alternate timeline where the Space Race we know happened quite a bit differently, and at the center is the world-famous Lady Astronaut, Elma York. We seriously can’t recommend these books highly enough. Listen in to find out why, and then stick around for a list of other books we really enjoyed!

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Kathy Campbell, Marisa McClellan and David J. Loehr

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"The Calculating Stars" by Mary Robinette Kowal

An alt-history space race with commentary on the science and technology successes and cultural failings of the mid-20th century.

Jason Snell